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Guest Columns

  • Legislators going ‘Back to School’ nationwide

    Starting this week, hundreds of state legislators from across the country will begin visiting classrooms to kick off the 16th annual “America’s Legislators Back to School Program.”

    Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this event initially lasted just one day but now extends through much of the school year.  While most students tour the state Capitol at least once, often during a field trip in elementary school, this program brings state government to them.

  • DNA research and your diet

    Compiled by the Rev. Patrice Joy Masterson, MA Reiki Master Instructor, from the book, “How to Reprogram Your DNA for Optimum Health,” by Adelle LaBree

    Anew field called “Nutrigenomics”is devoted to the study of the effects of foods on genetic behavior. By analyzing how different foods interact with specific genes, researchers have confirmed that the food you eat directly influences the metabolic programming of your cells.

  • Whether it’s things or feelings, hoarding is never good for you

    When we moved to Florida from California 23 years ago, we did so with only the things we could fit into two vehicles.

    That meant getting rid of 15 years’ worth of possessions to start over, which was both sad and exciting.

    I especially hated parting with the coffee table my husband had accidentally autographed. He tends to write hard and had been signing checks. After that, at a certain angle you could see a half-dozen “Barry Kennedy” indentations in the table top.

  • Coalition spreads the word on substance abuse prevention

    On Aug. 27, the Trimble CARES Coalition met at the Trimble County Extension Office. During the meeting Director Denise Hall and Seven Counties Prevention Specialist Patty Gregory shared resources and data that they received while at the CADCA training this summer.

    Trimble County Attorney Perry Arnold shared information on a recent conference including raising awareness on clothing, such as “710” means OIL upside down referencing marijuana oil and DGK indicating drug use.

  • Easter is for laughing

    When I was a new Christian, I discovered a portrait of Jesus called the “Laughing Christ” at a Christian book store.
    At the time I was attending a serious church, a church where the thought of Jesus laughing was most likely frowned on. Maybe Jesus smiled at babies and puppies, but telling jokes with his friends? God forbid.
    Consequently, because the serious people at that serious church were so serious about their Christian faith, they presented Jesus as serious too. Serious equals somber and sober, which equals humorless and kinda mean.

  • Legislators tackle lingering issues

    Traditionally, the last day of a legislative session is set aside just to consider any vetoes the governor may make.  Recently, however, the General Assembly has also used the time to wrap up a few lingering issues, and this year is no different.

  • Approved budget will please many, disappoint some

    While several issues remain unresolved, the General Assembly completed its biggest task early last week when it overwhelmingly approved a budget to run state government for the next two years.
    In many ways, this legislation mirrors the proposal the House voted for last month. It gives our elementary and secondary schools, for example, their first real increase since 2008.  There is also significantly more revenue for such things as textbooks, school safety measures and teacher development.

  • Love is in the air, let it heal

    As you survey your life, tune back into the healing quality of love and the fulfillment it brings. Your body lets you know through your physical symptoms when and where there is trouble. Listen to your body’s signals of trauma and emotional duress and be more aware of your own inner knowing to feel what is transpiring in your own body systems. You need this same awareness of sensitivity to accurately deal with your relationships with others.

  • Gospel dreamin’ leads to questions

    As I mentioned in last week’s column, here at the paper we never know what kind of conversation we’ll have when the phone rings.
    Recently, as I picked up the phone a woman blurted out, “Do you believe God talks to you through your dreams?”
    My first thought: Is this a trick question? Does she believe it or does she believe it’s hocus pocus hooey balooey?
    My second thought: I hope she didn’t dream that God wants her to run me over with a forklift.

  • Key pieces of state budget addressed

    In the final full week of legislative session, we continued to hash out state budget details with the House in conference committee after passing our versions of the budget bills.  Conference committees include the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Budgets for the next two years, as well as the state’s road plan. There are many different opinions and philosophies on how to spend the money, raise revenue, and support the important public services for Kentucky.  The budget is the ultimate statement of priorities for the Commonwealth.